Bnei Ayish

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Bnei Ayish
  • בְּנֵי עַיִ"שׁ
  • بني عايش
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259 Bnei ʕayš
 • Also spelled Bene Ayish (official)
Merekaz meshari bney aiysh.jpg
Official logo of Bnei Ayish
Bnei Ayish is located in Israel
Bnei Ayish
Bnei Ayish
Coordinates: 31°47′18.94″N 34°45′39.29″E / 31.7885944°N 34.7609139°E / 31.7885944; 34.7609139Coordinates: 31°47′18.94″N 34°45′39.29″E / 31.7885944°N 34.7609139°E / 31.7885944; 34.7609139
District Central
Founded 7 October 1957
 • Type Local council (from 1981)
 • Head of Municipality Aryeh Garela
 • Total 836 dunams (83.6 ha or 207 acres)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 6,920
Name meaning Sons of Akiva Yosef Schlezinger

Bnei Ayish (Hebrew: בְּנֵי עַיִ"שׁ‎) is a town and local council in the Central District of Israel. Located around ten kilometers from Ashdod and adjacent to Gedera, it had a population of 6,920 in 2015.[1]


The town was founded in 1957 on land that had belonged to the depopulated Arab village of Yasur.[2] Before 1948, the area had served as a military base for British Army troops during the Mandate era. It was named after Rabbi Akiva Yosef Schlezinger, whose name is abbreviated to Ayish.

Bnei Ayish originally served as a transit camp for immigrants from Yemen in the early 1950s. Today its population is almost entirely made up of Jews of Yemenite descent and immigrants from the former Soviet Union.


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992), All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948, Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, p. 139, ISBN 0-88728-224-5 

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